Consultation for the update of the Education Act 1989 is now open.

Consultation for the update of the Education Act 1989 is now open.

The Ministry of Education are holding a series of four regional workshops specifically for parents, families and whānau of children with special education needs and disabled people’s organisations. These are part of a wider series of workshops that are being held throughout the country. At these workshops you will have the opportunity to share your ideas, and discuss the proposals with other parents, families and whānau and representatives from disability organisations.

The details for the workshops are as follows:

Friday 27 November 2015
10am – 12pm
Location: Ministry of Education Office, room 4.17, St Paul’s Square, 45-47 Pipitea Street, Thorndon, Wellington. Please report to reception on level 3
Regional Manager: Debbie Hughes,

Monday 30 November 2015
2pm – 4pm
Location: Christian Cullen Lounge, Addington Raceway & Events Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch
Regional Manager: Murray Roberts,

Friday 4 December 2015
Location: Ministry of Education Office, Maungarei, Manukau and Maungakiekie rooms, Level 3, 12-18 Normandy Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
Regional Manager: Adele Peart-Baillie,

Tuesday 8 December 2015
Location: Ministry of Education Office, 19 Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Regional Manager: Nicky Hampshire,

Download a copy of the Updating the Education Act 1989 discussion document, which outlines the proposals in detail, along with questions that will be a focal point for discussion at the workshops and provides information on how to make a submission. Please note that the public consultation will close on Monday 14 December 2015 and all responses will need to be received by then.

If you have any questions about making a submission, you can, or visit to find out more about the consultation.